Mood: hug me
Topic: "Chief Noc-a-Homa" (3)
The gallant Braves have suffered a number of injuries over the past several days, including both of their catchers. This necessitated action by team management, which produced one of the most interesting statistics in Major League Baseball History. Young Mr. Saltalamacchia was called up from the Richmond Minor League affiliate, and inserted into last night's starting lineup. He became the player with the longest last name in the history of the game, causing quite a bit of consternation Froldo feels, by young Mr. Spooneybarger who lost his claim to the title by a single consonant.
Playing left field for the gallant Braves in their contest against the Phillies from Philythedelphia, or something to that effect (since it is north of the Mason-Dixon line, Frodo does not see the relevance in the details), was a young man named Willie C. Harris. Given gallant Braves managements' predisposition to signing players from within the viewing and listening parameters of television and radio broadcasts, it was not surprising that Mr. Harris is from Cairo (pron. Kare-O), Georgia. For the uninitiated, Cairo's high school sports team name is the "Syrup Makers," referring to the fact that this is the town in which that syrup which your Mama spread all over your pancakes is manufactured. Mr. Harris is the second player in Major League history to come from the town of Cairo; the other being a young man named Robinson, Jackie Robinson (shaken, not stirred).
Mr. Harris, who just happens to be black, was all atwitter over his opportunity to play for the team which was his favorite growing up in small-town Georgia. Frodo was particularly pleased to see Mr. Harris line a single over the first baseman's glove in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in the eventual winning run. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Mr. Harris made a diving catch in left field to preserve the victory for the gallant Braves. For those feats, he was named "Player of the Game."
The Georgia State Legislature was reccently confronted with a proposal to apologize for the legitimacy of slavery. The proposal did not come up for a vote, and Frodo notes that many legislators did not see the relevance for an act in which they, personally, had no participatory interest.
There is no doubt in Frodo's mind that Mr. Harris was fully aware of the fact that he was not the first ballplayer from Cairo to make it to the Big Leagues. Frodo knows that Mr. Harris has special feelings for the man who endured and achieved so that he could have the opportunity to be cheered by fans of the gallant Braves. That, of course, includes all the Members of the Georgia State Legislature.
Much has changed in Middle Earth, and the land that Frodo calls home has come far from the days of ignorance and blood. Dishonesty is what keeps most from admitting to the horrors of those times, and the damage to innocent lives. Wittingly or not, all participated, and all share the blame.
Frodo has no compunction about an apology. He heard the words of his grandfather, and he even told "jokes" that made fun of other people. For that he is truly shamed. He apologizes to Willie C. Harris, and to all the others who may or may not take note of these words.
You da man, Willie C, you da man. Play ball.